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First Malaysian Cosmonaut Save Email Print
Posted: 2:26 PM Sep 18, 2007
Last Updated: 2:26 PM Sep 18, 2007

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The first Malaysian cosmonaut will go into space in October, to live and work on board the Russian segment of the International Space Station, during a 10-day mission to the ISS.

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor took his end of training exam on Tuesday, together with other members of the 16th ISS crew, who are due to fly to the ISS on a Russian Soyuz spaceship on October 10.

The state commission was satisfied with the results of the examination, which the astronauts sat at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, known as Star City, the high-tech training centre 35 kilometers from Moscow.

Initially, two Malaysians were trained for the flight - Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Faiz bin Khaleed - with one on standby in case of ill health, and it was officially confirmed on Tuesday that Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor would be going, along with U.S. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and Russian astronaut Yuri Malenchenko.

Korzun emphasized that the Malaysian crew member would not be a space tourist but was a fully trained astronaut in his own right, and both Shukor and bin Khaleed were well prepared to take on the mission, saying he had no doubts about their readiness for the flight.

Korzun said the Malaysians had found the Russian climate harsh during their training period, but they liked harsh frosts and snow very much, they have learnt what the real Russia is like.

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Posted by: SYAHRULAZAM Location: JKR Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia First Space Tourist but it is real Malaysian to being in outer space. Good Luck to your mission even though as space tourist. Make sure that always think about the greatness of Allah while in the space. Try to capture as lot of pictures that show His greatness and dont just think that it is for you but it is only IZIN or chance from Allah to see HIS greatness give to you. Always thanks to Allah and Always tawakkaltu alallah. Please bring a lot of HIS greatness from the outer space that can show to us especially Malaysian. Anyway ... we proud of you because you are MALAYSIAN MUSLIM. Who said that we cannot do ... i think we can and with IZIN ALLAH surely we can. Allahuakbar.

Posted by: mazna Location: B. Baharu Kedah, Malaysia
To both M'sian astronaut would be,thanks to Allah that you'll be going in the 10 last days of Ramadhan.Remember there'll be the Lailatul Qadar night. Don't miss to record any moment, sceneries, incidence or evidence of the Lailatul Qadar night from there. Really hope that you'll be able to strengthen all muslims and others in the world's belief about Islam. Beside the M'sian science mission, you're also sent for the Islam mission. It had been said in the Quran that the Lailatul Qadar night is true. So I really wish and pray to Allah that you'll have a great opportunity to meet that night. Then bring it back to Malaysia. Always pray to Allah, then you'll be able to meet it. Salam Ukhwah Islamiah from mother of seven.

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